Cisco Systems
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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.5 4,213 reviews

                             

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Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

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Pros:
  • "The work life balance is better compare to many of the start-ups"
    in 467 reviews
  • "It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire"
    in 266 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work life balance if you are an individual contributor"
    in 147 reviews
  • "The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity"
    in 139 reviews
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many years of software R&D with Cisco Systems Canada

Software Engineer III (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

Prossalary and bonus was good.

Consvacation less than average. Not much chances for personal career development.

Advice to Senior Managementshould encourage employees to take on more challenges

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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software engineer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Prosoperation system and networking questions, what is TCP, UPD, MPLS

Consbascially, they will give questions (pretty much like exams) , and you need to familiar with C and operation system

Advice to Senior ManagementLinux and operation system topics

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Worked only 4 months after Cisco acquisition, then business unit got shut down

Engineer (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

ProsBig name
Good benefits
Great discounts for their products
Got new computer
Easy to get necessary software
Got free training with job search after layoff
Good severance pay

ConsVulnerable to market downturns
Unstable employment
Had to use some ancient s/w like email
Business units are isolated, little support from other locations
Employment at other locations was not offered
Applied later for other positions, no replies at all

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop your own technologies instead of buying competitiors

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Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

ProsYou learn a lot because you work with lots of smart people and there is a constant demand to change the status quo (i.e. do things better and differently).

ConsVery demanding environment - generally more work than you can possibly handle, combined with lots of fire drills (mandatory, short timelines).

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to cut through the smoke and mirrors and reward the people who accurately capture THEIR contribution and results, as opposed to taking individual credit for a collective effort.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting large Company, leaves room for growth

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Cisco Systems

ProsGrate name and great compensation. The company is well managed and address the issues at work fast. This creates more space for work

ConsDue to its size the company has quite a momentum and might be rigid to some ideas to improve. Unfortunately this rigidness kills some of the creativity

Advice to Senior Managementas per my cons, listen to your employees, sometimes better practices can be seen better from the inside

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent Work-Life Balance, Telecommuting, and Training Opportunities. Supportive team structure.

Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than a year

ProsFlexible work schedule
Telecommuting
Work with cutting edge, often best of breed technology
Supportive team
Work Autonomy
Plenty of Training Opportunities

ConsConstant admin system changes, often not for the better
Promotion Opportunities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Work not up to the mark

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Pros-> Competitive Salary
-> Frequent outings and parties
-> Lot of sessons to update you on the current affairs of the company

Cons-> Bad work environment
-> Frequent Re-organisation and movement
-> Bad work life balance

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Very satisfying company and job.

Software Engineer I (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat people to work with, great environment to work in, great projects to work on.

Consa little too much bureaucracy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company to work for. Manager really make you feel that you are a valued member and that your job is appreciated

Customer Support Engineer IV (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat company for career growth. Management encourages career advancement.

Conscompany is huge, so sometimes it is very difficult to get things to move. lots of bureaucracy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

ProsProfessional environment. There is a flexible work schedule that will help you de-stress.

ConsLong hours on the computer makes you feel bored. Occasionally expected to provide work on tight schedules.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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